APM Terminals unveils major extension to Maasvlakte II terminal in Rotterdam

The Port of Rotterdam’s renowned Maasvlakte II terminal is undergoing massive expansion as APM Terminals, a leading global container terminal operator and part of AP Moller – Maersk, plans to develop an additional 47.5 hectares with 1,000 meters of deep sea quay.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is currently building the new quay walls, with completion scheduled for mid-2024.

The ambitious expansion will increase the terminal’s capacity by 2 million TEU and is expected to be fully operational in the second half of 2026. The project is consistent with APM Terminals’ commitment to sustainability as the new section will also be net-zero emissions fully automated, with preparations for shore power installation.

The Maasvlakte II terminal, which opened in 2015, has already set a precedent for sustainable operations as it is a fully automated facility with zero CO2 emissions.

“We are very pleased with APM Terminals’ decision to expand the terminal and choose Rotterdam as the hub for its Western European operations,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. “This additional terminal capacity is urgently needed in order to continue to efficiently and sustainably handle the increasing container volumes in the coming years.”

Keith Svendsen, CEO of APM Terminals, stressed the strategic importance of the expansion, saying that it reaffirms Rotterdam’s role as a critical link in global supply chains and the company’s network.

In 2022, AP Moller – Maersk leased an additional 18.5 hectares of land in the area for the development of cross-dock and cold storage facilities, scheduled to open in 2024. These facilities will provide on-dock services for Maersk, one of the terminals primary shipping line customers. In addition, a 16-hectare empty depot will be built for Star Container Services, a subsidiary of AP Moller – Maersk, next to the APM Terminals Maasvlakte II.

The recent announcement for Maasvlakte II means that all remaining vacant lots in the port’s Amaliahaven area have now been leased to APM Terminals for expansion projects. As the Port of Rotterdam Authority strives to consolidate the port’s position as a world-class logistics center and industrial complex, the expansion project underscores its commitment to sustainable development, efficient operations and digitization in the port and logistics sector.

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